History[change | change source]
The diner was built in 1937 by the Jerry O'Mahony Diner Company of Elizabeth, New Jersey. Then it was shipped to Saint Paul by rail and installed in 1939. The diner is 50 feet long by 10 feet wide. The 24-hour diner has operated non-stop since it first opened. In 1983, the diner was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Pop culture[change | change source]
The original Mickey's Diner appears in several Hollywood movies. These include The Mighty Ducks, Jingle All the Way, and A Prairie Home Companion. The diner is also featured on the front and back cover of the 1985 self-titled, debut album of R&B singer, Alexander O'Neal. The diner appears in O'Neal's 1985 music video for the song, "Innocent", and in the 1991 Pet Shop Boys music video for the song, "Where The Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You)".
Mickey's also appears in the animated short "Dripped" by Leo Verrier (2012), although the city pictured in the film is New York. A second Mickey's Diner under different management is located at 1950 West 7th Street in Saint Paul's Sibley neighborhood. It is decorated in the manner of a 1950s-style diner.
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- Eric Dregni, Minnesota Marvels: Roadside Attractions in the Land of Lakes (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2001), p. 226
- Richard Gutman, American Diner Then and Now (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000), p. 210
- Michael Karl Witzel, The American Diner (St. Paul, MN: MBI, 2006), p. 142
- Holly Day, Sherman Wick, Walking Twin Cities: 34 Tours Exploring Historic Neighborhoods, Lakeside (Birmingham, AL: Wilderness Press, 2013), pp. 202–203